By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
ST. PETER - In a game that had more than its fair share of ups and downs for both teams, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity proved to be the fittest in a game of survival in a 82-80, double-overtime thriller against No. 1-seeded Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Monday.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Anna Munsen drives to the basket after getting past Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity defender Courtney Scoblic (23) during the first half Monday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
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The win came in the Section 2A, North Subsection championship game at Gustavus Adolphus College. LP/HT will now face the winner of Mankato Loyola and United South Central for the right to go to the state tournament. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Friday at Bresnan Arena on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Like a heavyweight boxing match, the Chargers and Bulldogs traded punishing blows back and forth until LP/HT's Karlea Kyllo scored in the second overtime with 2.8 seconds left. The Chargers turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, ending their season at 17-8.
Anna Munsen led the Chargers with 23 points and 14 rebounds, but fouled out early in the first overtime. Johanna Kettner stepped up and played big in Munsen's absence, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.
For Kettner, who is just a sophomore, it was a rollercoaster game that saw the Chargers come up short despite two starters (Munsen, Nicole Moldstad) fouling out.
"At the half, we were really happy because we had such a big lead [29-19]," Kettner said. "Once we came back in the second overtime [to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Mariah Stein], it was like a really big rollercoaster."
The ride started in the first half as MVL was able to get plenty of baskets early and build a 10-point lead going into halftime. But the Bulldogs went inside to 6-foot-3 sophomore Shelby Fasching, who finished with 15 points.
That inside presence enabled the Bulldogs to climb to within striking distance, where freshman Madi Radtke hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 62-62.
In the first overtime, LP/HT led 72-67 late, but a basket by Alexa Alfred and a 3 by Stein with 3.0 seconds left tied the game at 72-72, forcing a second overtime.
However, the Chargers were without two of their floor leaders and eventually the Bulldogs proved to be too tough when it mattered.
Alfred tied the game at 80-80 on a three-point play with 12.7 seconds left and it looked like a third overtime was a possibility. But Kyllo's basket with 4.8 seconds to go gave the Bulldogs a lead they held onto.
Kyllo, Radtke and Courtney Scoblic each scored 17 for the Bulldogs.
Charlotte Pfingsten finished the game with 11 points and five assists and Alfred had nine rebounds.
"I told the girls in the locker room that I really give them a lot of credit for their guts and their courage," MVL coach Dave Biedenbender said. "They could've folded in the overtime and Stein hit the big 3 to send it to the second overtime. We hung in there but they just had a little too much for us in the end there."